A (39), G (5.5), and T (2.5)
Paris, France | San Francisco, CA
A shares -
“It took me a long time to get pregnant with my first kid and we required medical assistance... After 3,5 years, baby one was on their way the we were more than happy. First echo graphic examination revealed two babies, but only one was still developing. In three minutes we felt overwhelmed, absolutely surprised, sad but willing to stay optimistic. I keep telling my son about his sibling, how their life was brief and comfortable and how they will stay forever in my heart. My second pregnancy took me by surprise and I only discovered it after 3 months. Due date was exactly the same than for my eldest one. I keep thinking everything is connected.
How has parenthood impacted your body image?
It set me free. After pregnancies I lost a lot of weight... but I have become less and less focused on what people thought about my body. I felt empowered and less concerned in the same time.
Anything you’d like to share from your postpartum journey?
My both postpartum journey have been impacted by other issues. Though it was difficult to breastfeed, to accept sleep depravation and to go back to work, I went through much more harder times. When my first kid was 2,5 mo, my father has been diagnosed with a second cancer that took him away in short and intense weeks. When my second kid turn 6 mo, we all moved to California due to professional relocation. My reality is I never had a chance to [be] postpartum.
Why did you choose to participate in this movement and share your story?
I have been following this project for 4 years now and never thought I could participate because I was in my country [France] and it looked something incredibly unreal and so far away from my real life. I missed the Oakland, CA sessions and eventually decided to go for it [in San Francisco].